Call to Action: Tax Justice to Overcome the Crisis!
We stand today in Asia and link arms of solidarity on these Global Days of Action to make ourselves heard on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the UN General Assembly, that we demand national and global COVID19 measures based solidly on tax and fiscal justice, the primacy of people and human rights, and the sustainability of our environment and the planet.
Global Days of Action
14-17 September 2020
Tax and Fiscal Justice Asia | Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development
We, civil society groups and tax justice movements across Asia, join other regions on these Global Days of Action to resoundingly call for Tax Justice to Overcome the Crisis!
Millions of people in Asian developing countries are today reeling from the COVID19 pandemic – a multiple crises of overlapping human, social, economic and environmental proportions the world has never seen.
More acutely felt by the poor and low-income, women, labor, and other economically vulnerable groups, the pandemic falls hardest on people without access to adequate public health services, water and sanitation and decent housing. It strikes those without the financial resources to buy food and medicines, let alone to stock up on these essentials. It weighs heavily on the backs of women, as the yoke of multiple care burdens grows heavier in the absence of adequate essential public services.
It is no accident of history that the large majority of Asian peoples are in desperate straits, struggling daily for survival and the barest minimum of welfare needs. For years, we have been robbed by corporations and colluding elites in their unhindered extraction of natural wealth, and the exploitation of human labour, including women’s unpaid care work. For years, we have also been subjected to their tax abuse and tax dodging schemes, robbing us of financial resources needed to build strong public infrastructure for the delivery of quality, accessible, and affordable health, water and sanitation, housing, transport and other vital social services.
The consequences have been severe and fatal in letting corporations and the wealthy continue to get away with impunity in dispossessing people of the public funds crucial to their survival and well-being. Millions have been placed under cruel and repressive lockdowns by many cash-strapped states, without adequate, sustained socio-economic support, abandoned by the very governments mandated to respect and fulfill their basic rights. At the same time, in true criminal fashion, corporations that have enjoyed decades of revenue-eroding tax perks are also lining up to seek a share of COVID19-response funding, claiming themselves as essential to economic recovery.
This is why we stand today in Asia and link arms of solidarity on these Global Days of Action to make ourselves heard on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the UN General Assembly, that we demand national and global COVID19 measures based solidly on tax and fiscal justice, the primacy of people and human rights, and the sustainability of our environment and the planet.
We refuse to be led down the broken, enslaving path of indebtedness that has paved the way for the very neoliberal policies of privatization that surrendered public services to profit-driven big business. We oppose the continued privileging of corporations by governments in these critical, unprecedented times when so much public support is needed by so many. Let us stake a claim – here and now – to the billions of funds absconded by corporations and the super-rich for our survival today and for building just, people-centered, sustainable communities of the future.
We renew our commitment to work for Tax and Fiscal Justice, in solidarity with other tax justice advocates and activists across the world!